A dealer who called himself a ‘gangster’ and ‘untouchable’ while on the run in Pakistan has finally been jailed.
32-year-old Adnan Khan from Leicester escaped to Pakistan after he was granted bail and then taunted police by posting pictures on social media wearing expensive designer watches and standing alongside supercars.
Khan fled the UK after after his former girlfriend Amy Schreder, from Leicestershire, was caught with 1.5 kilos of high purity cocaine, along with crack cocaine, cutting agents and £46,000 in cash, in December 2016.
When police attempted to stop Khan on the same day because of his links to the drug seizure, he led them on a 100 mph chase in Leicester which caused a family car to spin off the road.
No one was seriously injured and Khan was arrested following the pursuit.
He was remarkably released on bail the following day and fled to Pakistan before his court date in January 2017.
During his 15 months on the run, Khan started posting taunting messages to police on his Instagram account, including: “They say my whole team is under investigation but you know what I say, the wise man always gets away.”
In another photo appearing to show him brandishing a gun, he says: “Who the **** says you can’t live it up in a Third World Country when you’re connected up to **** and you’re also a gangster yourself.”
The arrogant self-proclaimed ‘gangster’ eventually slipped up in April last year when he returned to the UK and was caught red handed in a flat with a high purity stash of 372g of heroin and 185g of cocaine hidden under a water tank, along with £3,000 in cash, and used packaging from about three kilos of class A drugs, which revealed the extent of his dealing operation.
Khan eventually pleaded guilty to a number of charges including, Conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin, in December 2016, Aggravated vehicle taking and driving dangerously, in December 2016, Failing to stop for police and having no driving licence, MOT or insurance, in December 2016, Failing to appear at magistrates’ court in January 2017 and Possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply in April 2018.
Sentencing Khan, Judge Dean said: “At the end of 2016 you were involved in drugs, together with Miss Schreder, who played a lesser role … you were in the leading role.”
Judge Dean said: “It was remarkable you were given police bail (in December 2016) but you were and you absconded.
“On social media you boasted about your activities; I take the view most of it was boasting or untrue.
“It’s clear you had contacts or a network involved in drug activity in this country and you were quickly able to resume trade in heroin and cocaine on your return.”
Douglas Stuart, mitigating, told the court that the Instagram posts were “more bravado than anything else”.
EMSOU Investigator Hazel Score said: “Despite trying to hide from police, Khan couldn’t turn away from a life of crime.
“However, due to the committed work of our officers, he’s now been handed a significant custodial sentence.
“The communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland should feel reassured that another drug dealer has been removed from our streets.”
He was given a 12 year sentence behind bars and banned from driving for seven years.